Tanzanian drug dealers are reported to have toppled Nigerian barons who have been leaders in supplying illicit drugs in Botswana.
At the same time, Ledumang Secondary School has also scooped the top position in illicit drug consumption in local schools.
It is also reported that some urban-based refugees are also implicated in drug dealing with mainly students.
Detective Assistant Superintendent Kenosi Tsaanang, of the Drug and Narcotics Squad, revealed that they had discovered a new trend in which Tanzanian drug dealers are now topping the police list in drug dealing in Botswana.
He said this after they cracked another drug supply, comprised of non citizens who were recently found in possession of cocaine.
Two female students of Ledumang Secondary School in Gaborone were also found to be working in cohorts with the Tanzanians.
Tsaanang said that, previously, Nigerian drug dealers were leading in the dispensing of drugs but now it is no longer the case.
He added that Ledumang Secondary leads other schools in illicit drug consumption with Gaborone Secondary School now coming second.
“Our main strategy is to bust all the drug suppliers and the strategy is succeeding,” Tsaanang said, adding that they now know the drug syndicates who are operating and supplying hard drugs in Botswana.
Meanwhile, five suspects were arrested by the police after they were found in possession of cocaine and they have already appeared briefly before the
Gaborone Village magistrate court.
The suspects, Jamal Kegna, from Burundi, Mohammed Killa Bakari, from Tanzania, Kenyan Aldorado Farouk Amadis and two female students at Ledumang Secondary School, who, according to the charge sheet, are Gertrude Ngulube, a Zambian and, Gaonyadiwe Setima, a Motswana.
They were found in possession of cocaine, a habit forming drug.
The three suspects are in custody while the two students were granted bail because they are writing their ordinary level examinations but are expected to appear again on the 6th of next month.
The Headmaster of Ledumang Secondary School, Molosiwa Ntsiane, said he is aware of two students who were last week arrested by the police in-connection with drugs.
“The school is very worried about rampant drug abuse by students,” he said, adding that the students abuse drugs outside school promises.
Ntsiane said one disturbing case was of a Form Four student who was apparently forced to quit school temporally because of drug addiction. He, however, refused to say more about the case but only said drug abuse by students is an urgent matter that needs urgent attention.
Madoda Nasha, the Assistant Protection Officer at the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees in Botswana, said the police had informed them about refugees that are involved in drug dealing.
‘It is very worrying when refugees are involved in such activities,” said Nasha.
Speaking to The Telegraph on Monday, Ross Sanoto, the Director of Defence, Justice and Security in the President’s Office, said, “My office acts after a refugee has been convicted before the court of law and if it is a very serious case, the refugee would lose his or her status as a refugee.”